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My ‘Navajo’ Become The Largest Tribe In The U.S. Overtaking The ‘Cherokee’.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. From ‘ABC News’. Check ‘Google News’ for more.

‘Navajo Code Talker’ statue at ‘Navajo Nation’ HQ in ‘Window Rock’, NM.
I took this picture in August 2018.

I, alas & alak, am NOT Navajo! But, I do identify with them very keenly & profoundly. I have spent a lot of time with them & on their reservations in Arizona since 1980. That I look like one helps & adds to why I relate with them at such a deep level. Native Navajos have said, more than once, that if they saw me in the reservation they would just think I was one of them & give it no further thought.

This increase in numbers, ironically, is related to COVID that continues to wreak havoc among the Navajo. A lot of folks that were Navajo, but had never registered as such, have done so recently to get the aid that is being given to these hard-hit folks. Sad.

COVID is still taking its toll. I just read that COVID-related Navajo deaths just surpassed 1,300. We really can’t afford to lose so many of these wonderful people.

I Had No Idea That ‘Jimi Hendrix’ Was Part-Cherokee Indian.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the PBS webpage for this program.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access the PBS original.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Wikipedia (of course). Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimi_Hendrix

I had just always assumed that Jimi Hendrix was black. To be fair I had never given much thought to Indians shaping rock-and-roll — though I have often wondered why there aren’t as many famous Navajos as you would expect.

Given the volume of PBS we watch, we see quite a few of the previews and I do check their guide, on a regular basis, to make sure that I don’t miss something that I will regret.

So, it jolted me to hear Jimi being described as part-Cherokee. I had to DVR this ‘Independent Lens‘ show. I have watched a bit of it and it was good. I certainly recommend it. Check out the YouTube trailer above. That will convince you.

As for Jimi being Indian. He definitely wasn’t, from what I can see, even half-Cherokee. Was it a quarter? I think it was less, but I gather that even 1% black makes you black. So, I guess.

Interesting. Wonder if Jimi ever talked about his Cherokee ancestry. I will have to look into that.

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by Anura Guruge

New Hampshire: Buying Car Out-of-State & Transporting It Back.

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
by Anura Guruge

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As far as I can see, and I have spoken at length with DMV folks at Concord, N.H. and our (always extremely helpful) Tax collection ladies at Alton Town Hall here are the only valid LEGAL options for purchasing a car out-of-state and bringing it back to New Hampshire.

1. Have it transported to N.H. via a transport service.

2. Trailer it yourself using a flatbed trailer.

3. Go buy the car, out-of-state, bring the title, bill-of-sale and odometer statement back to N.H., get PERMANENT plates, go back, out-of-state, PUT the plates on and drive back.

4. Get valid ‘Transit Plates‘ in the state of purchase and use those to drive the car back.

5. Convince the seller to drive to N.H., with the plates they have, go to a DMV or to your town, complete the purchase and then get plates.

Things that will not work and those that are NOT legal.

** Contrary to what the seller might tell you, you CAN NOT just take N.H. plates from an existing car and use them on the out-of-state car, temporarily, to bring it back. That can land you in some very hot water. A number of sellers that I have spoken to have told me to do this BUT I am not that stupid — contrary to what I may look and act. DMV and others have confirmed that this falls under misuse of plates and is considered a serious crime — as it should be.

** Massachusetts State Troopers (depending on their whim) will refuse to recognize N.H. 20-day Temporary Plates and ticket you! This came as a surprise to me. I know that during my last 30 years in N.H. I have been to MA in cars that had temp plates. I wasn’t stopped BUT it appears that this happens. Check it out.

** N.H. Towns, like Alton, cannot issue 20-day temp. plates. Only DMV locations can do so and you have to have registration, bill of sales etc. in order to get one.

I have been finding all of these to my costs because I have been looking at buying a car out-of-state.

Over the years I have bought a few cars in MA, a Jeep Cherokee in 1989 in Lowell, a red Camaro Z28 in 1987 in Lowell and a Cadillac. I bought a black, fully-loaded Cadillac STS from ‘Cadillac of Norwood‘, in MA, on Thanksgiving eve in 1996. I had done the whole deal over the telephone. Drove down in a Green Firebird that I was trading in and drove back in my black ‘Rocket Ship‘ STS. Can’t remember how the plate situation worked. This was a long time ago and I bought all of these from large dealers. I guess they put some kind of dealer plates. Never had any problems.

But now I was looking at private out-of-state sales.

Transportation is not as bad as it sounds. You can get a car from the East Coast for between $250 and $500. If you have AAA you can get it trailered relatively inexpensively.

Going out-of-state buying the car coming back with the paperwork, getting the plates and going back only really works if the distance is not that great. Once you get to around 100 miles it becomes impractical because you are talking two full round-trips.

The seller driving up to N.H. works but as you can imagine many will not be motivated to do so UNLESS they start getting desparate. I did have a seller who was willing to drive up from Plymouth, MA — but only after he realized that I had ruled him out.

Thought that this might help you.